BORIS & BREXIT: Does he detect the wind is changing in favour of Vote Leave?

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Whatever other weather vanes may be available for divining how the LeaveEU campaign is going, there is none more reliable than Boris Johnson.

I wonder how many of you noticed, sitting at the back of the assembled Commons clonoids last Wednesday, the engrossed figure of London Mayor and Uxbridge MP at one & the same time, Boris Jobsdone. He was watching the Prime Minister bringing home the most inedible cut of faux bacon offered to the House since Neville Chamberlain became a hero by getting Hitler’s autograph in 1938.

Within hours, BoJo was leaking and commenting in this manner:

“The Prime Minister is making the best of a bad job. Most people looking at this will think there’s a lot more to do. Let’s wait and see when this whole thing is agreed. And see what it really means – every bit of it”.

The clinical nature of Bojo’s reptilian cunning remains a fascination for me. It’s as though, half a century ago, a mad scientist decades ahead of his time – perhaps German? – found a way to combine the bite-and-kill instincts of a snake with the sexual discernment of a mixamatosoid rabbit and the chess-playing binary brain of a Kasparov. But however one chooses to see the London Mayor, as a Brexit-reader he has no equal.

Johnson is now the last Tory beast with leadership ambitions still in the mercenary territory (wherein sit the Tories who most terrify me) between EU In and Out. Last week, Home Secretary Theresa May-or-May-Not decided she was pissing out from inside the Camerlot Stay at all Costs tent. So now the Uxbridge MP for Islington & The City exists in his One Man’s Land.

The first and last rule with Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is that everything he says and does has a purpose, and that purpose is to increase his ability to exercise absolute power over the rest of us through the medium of likeable wit and undisciplined hair. In late 2009, I fingered BoJo – alongside Harriet Harman – as the two biggest threats to liberty in Britain. Harman having now retired hurt, we are left with Albo de Piffle as the most senior threat….although since 2009, of course, the runners and riders in this race have grown in a way that could put the Grand National manifest to shame.

It’s for obvious reasons of unprosecuted corruption, flash behaviour and puffed-up greed that I have in the past used nicknames for the Mayor like Borisconi the Barbarian and Benito Johnsonini. However, as the ultimate opportunist, Johnson has one of those index fingers that spends its leisure hours doing two things: sticking it up to the rest of us, and testing the wind direction.

His actions at the moment suggest to me that Boris detects a wind changing in the direction of Brexit. This may be a passing phase; on the other hand, he has many mates in the Square Mile who would just love to run a mile from the threat of venal EC regulation of the City of London.

As Churchill once remarked, “I would sup with the Devil himself to rid this world of the scourge of Nazism”. Reluctantly, I have similar feelings about breaking bread with Mr Johnson and quitting the EU – if the objective was to free us from unelected corporatocracy. I rather suspect one would merely be swapping one brand of it for another.

Pontificating this morning from his lofty column in the increasingly dire Telegraph, BoJo’s dayglo double standards come out as clearly as ever. As a truly pointless Tube strike heads towards the Mayor’s fiefdom, he takes a swipe at Labour’s Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan who, he declares, should ‘man up. This is a golden opportunity to make a statement of the blindingly obvious. Denounce this bonkers strike….He would not dream of coming straight out and condemning this nonsensical strike because he is the creature of the unions; he is their patsy and their plaything.’

‘Man up’ indeed. You have to laugh. Boris would not dream of coming straight out and denouncing banker bonuses and lawlessness, for he is their creature, their patsy, their plaything. And of course, far be it from Jobsdone to adopt a more honest and straightforward approach to Brexit….as opposed to the Yes and No With Reservations opportunism he’s been serving up for the last three years.

But as I always say, those with double standards always want double helpings. The one certainty with Boris Algernon Ponsonby de Woffle Tomthumb is that his waistline reflects his greed. Previous occupants of City Hall have tried to help; Johnson just helps himself….and passes on the leftovers to his cronies.

“We really must stop this Boris bashing,” said Barry Pringle-Gorfsweatah of Woking, “I think he’s one of us and just the chap to get us through this”. He’s at least two of me, and I detest both of them. But if he declared for Brexit – and be under no illusions, it would be purely a leadership bid – I have to confess it would be Game Over for Dave.

As the Buddhists say, good nearly always emerges from bad.

Yesterday at The Slog: Brexit should be about removing the sovereignty of the 1%

23 thoughts on “BORIS & BREXIT: Does he detect the wind is changing in favour of Vote Leave?

  1. I think they work it between them, good cop, bad cop, then whichever way the cookie crumbles, one of them in a position to help the other. After all, birds of a feather and all that..

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  2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12145593/Voters-have-to-ask-Donald-Tusk-some-hard-questions-before-they-accept-his-EU-deal.html

    Excellent comment John…..
    Boris DOES know where he is going – he’s going to be Prime Minister. The Stiletto is concealed in his sleeve already. It’s just a question of the ‘build up to the orgasm’ which he knows so well as a man unable to keep it in his trousers. The peculiarity of this politics over the subject of europe gives him an advantage that he would never otherwise be able to harness. Here, he can ride the Brexit wave to power because the voters will turn a blind eye to his weaknesses, just to achieve their aims of getting us all out of the euro circus.

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  3. I have but one question to ask: Will Brexit make any difference?

    It seems to me to be the kind of decisions the British are good at, namely, ones that have no effective outcome. If Britain leaves the EU, it will become like Norway or Switzerland. Whilst outside the EU, wil still have to pay EU dues, abide by EU regulations but have no effective say in the EU.

    The only thing that would change would be the appearance of Britain being free from the EU. All it would mean is the daft regulations pouring out of Brussels would appear to pour out of London instead. For the European, little would change: it’s not as if many Europeans realize that Britain is in the EU now, leave alone the possibility that it should leave for real.

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  4. The creeping infantilisation which we are all being subjected to in order that the power hungry ambitious money-grubbers can feel safe in the predictability of our compliance seeks to extinguish the basic human desire for self-determination; it is essential to their endgame that, by all means fair and foul, we be made to brick it when it comes to Brexit.

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  5. A lot to be learned from infants Hieronimusb, they seem to have an incisive natural insight that can cut straight through conglomerations of adult crap constructs. That’s why we have to train it out with education, to make adults?

    Like a bloody tiff at an international shepherds convention, “I’m taking my sheep away over there, the Wolves are nicer because their not starving yet”.

    See how the mighty fall, post empire. post bit part player, sucking up to the, now failing, neo economic empire builders. Off alone in a self induced dementia delusion of the past, John Bully no mates. It’s enough to inspire belief in euthanasia.

    As to us sheep, well there’s grass to be looked for & the old “At least it wasn’t me that time” herd mentality seems to still work. Despite what the shepherds think, we have few cares. We aren’t the ones worrying about building & fixing fences… Maybe one day he will realise, he needs us more than we need him.

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  6. John, if you possibly think Boris Johnson is anything other than a globalist of the highest order, you are very much mistaken,

    Johnson is the lightening rod for disaffected Tories. If you don’t support Cameron, this dangerous buffoon is the only alternative. If the polls continue to go for Brexit (Christ, do I hate that ‘word’), he’ll give every indication of being in favour of pulling out …. without actually saying so.

    Until the last possible moment when he’ll pronounce his devotion to the ‘Yes’ camp. And hopefully take the anti-Cameroons with him.

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  7. With the markets falling ( 8th february – remember my forecast.?) and the Chancellor’ tax woes…………………
    we might be needing a man with decisive incisive attitude to govern our country rather sooner than anyone dared hope.

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  8. One suspects he is considering his best option (best for Boris that is).
    If he chooses out and the country votes out he is almost guaranteed to be next PM.
    If he chooses out and the country votes in he’s in trouble.
    If he chooses in he’s safe but with no advantage over where he is now.

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  9. There is very little chance of Brexit. Johnson is merely being lined up as the establishment’s next stooge to deflect public anger after the inevitable result. He’ll make a pretence of carrying the flame of euroscepticism while doing the exact opposite – in other words, business as usual for the Tories.

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  10. Iceland is a small country that bailed out of the global ponzi during the last sort of crash. They jailed 24 bankers so far and have since gone their own way. Their small economy has performed better than anyone in the EU since. Why not us?

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  11. Feeling on a bit of a roll after picking the Broncos, I’m wagering mickc, above, is correct in at least one of his propositions.

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  12. Back in the 70s I argued and voted against joining the EU, not because I am in any way nationalistic in outlook, but because I feared its bureaucratic and undemocratic nature. Now I am in two minds. On one hand it has become even more bureaucratic and undemocratic than ever, but on the other hand our own politicians are so far up up the backsides of the neocons now running America that if we come out they will disappear up them completely.
    I greatly fear for our country’s future, not for myself – I am too old – but for my children and grandchildren. Our only slender chance, I believe, is that there is an increasing understanding among many of the peoples in Europe that the current hegemony of the United States is leading only to a ‘brave new World’ and our further enslavement. Our only hope therefore is that the current set-up in Europe will collapse under the weight of its failures and that this will lead to a less integrated Europe in which the individual nation states choose to cooperate willingly, not from compulsion but out of mutual interest.
    Regretfully I now think that outside of Europe Britain will be a totally lost cause, the wholly-owned vassal of a dangerous mad-dog nation which is risking World War 3 in pursuit of its dream of a world fully subject to the will of a tiny oligarchy.

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  13. Desmond

    Iceland is a small country that bailed out of the global ponzi during the last sort of crash. They jailed 24 bankers so far and have since gone their own way. Their small economy has performed better than anyone in the EU since. Why not us?

    Iceland was small and insignificant – thus they could fly under the US/IMF radar. They sprang their little democratic trap whilst the big guys were still dozing.

    Why not us? Don’t you remember DSK was arrested whilst on an aircraft heading out of New York? The charges and the case against him are – and were – irrelevant. He was on his way to Dublin to arrange a similar sting on the banks. Just detaining him gave the authorities enough time to arrange a slap on the wrist for the Irish for even thinking about doing nasty things to their banks.

    A country like Britain has been ruled by the banks for too long to play any tricks of this kind; what’s more, the UK economy is heavily dependent on the banks, so can do little against them. Remember that the LIBOR rigging scandals added an increment to Britan’s GDP figures too.. No government is going to bite that hand!!

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  14. @Gemma….. i agree with you about the banks…. and london is the epicentre of all the rubbish. The monster train wreck i hope will be a game changer and flush it all down the toilet… its everyman for himself then and we have been alone and come thru before… cathartic i know but we all need it to have a hope…

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  15. Desmond, the problem is that it’s all intertwined with the things we genuinely need from an economy… if the economy goes down, so does just about everything else.

    And all because Britain and America want a level playing field that is un-level for everybody else.

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  16. i can only agree Gemma… but it all has to go because its totally rotten… and it began with the knave Nixon when he shut the gold window and reneged on the promise made at Breton Woods after the last big war.. he did that to maintain american hegemony.. instead of being honourable he chose to trick instead.. and we have all become enmeshed in the web of lies and false money ever since.. now comes the denouement…. the emperor has no clothes and now neither does anyone else… so we will have to start again from scratch..

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  17. Starting again from scratch isn’t going ot be so easy when nobody knows how to bake bread, leave alone sharpen a sickle to cut the wheat and rye…

    … what’s more, those sacks of GMO wheat are all sterile, and the other’s an F1 which means you get the right stem length and a resistance to mildew, but a very small crop on the succeeding sowing.

    If it is going to be starting from scratch, there are going to be a lot of cold, hungry people by the end of the winter.

    What do you reckon? 95% extinction rate in three years… and then unmaintained nuclear power stations finishing off the rest of us?

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  18. “Starting again from scratch isn’t going ot be so easy when nobody knows how to bake bread, leave alone sharpen a sickle to cut the wheat and rye…

    … what’s more, those sacks of GMO wheat are all sterile, and the other’s an F1 which means you get the right stem length and a resistance to mildew, but a very small crop on the succeeding sowing.”

    Yup. Rockefeller one-foot tall wheat from the Green Revolution in India. THAT is what is making us ill.

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